Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Mighty Mites Program?
Who can take part?
How are teams selected?
How much does it cost?
What are equipment requirements?
Is it possible to rent equipment?
Are physical examinations and parental statement required?
Is there any danger of your player getting hurt?
What is required and expected from coaches?
When and how long are practice sessions?
Game and practice information
How do I determine if games or practices have been cancelled because of weather?
Are pictures taken as part of the program?
Where can I get additional game information?
Are dogs allowed at Mighty Mites parks?
Do you have a cheer program?
Who owns Mighty Mites?
The Mighty Mites Program endeavors to provide interested girls and boys with the proper training in the basic fundamentals of football and the opportunity to play with participants of their own age and size. Moreover the program strives to teach the participants good sportsmanship and fair play.
The Mighty Mites program is for children in grade school, from the first grade through the sixth grade and who will not reach age 13 in 2017. However, in certain situations, a child may not be permitted to play without approval of the Mighty Mites board of directors. This approval shall under no circumstances be given to any child having exceeded the maximum age, whose size, weight, and other factors exceed the average sixth grader in these respects; or to any child younger than a first grader.
Mighty Mites teams are organized based on an election from the respective Park Supervisor. There are two methods: 1) Coach Draft 2) Supervisor Draft. Coaches select their players in the Coach Draft method. Park Supervisors put teams together in the Supervisor Draft method. Contact your Park Supervisor for your specific park.
The Registration Fee for the 2017 Season is $25.00 which includes the cost of the mouth guard, and jersey. Equipment can also be rented for $30 (see below).
In the event that your child is unable to furnish or rent equipment and desires to participate in the Mighty Mites youth football program, then we encourage that he complete the registration card and notify your Mighty Mites field supervisor of your request for equipment rental assistance.
We are sure that all parents realize it is impossible to develop and implement a football program such as this without a great deal of expense being incurred, particularly since effort is made to take all steps necessary for the best interest of the participants. The major expenses are (1) cost of Mighty Mites jerseys, (2) equipment, & (3) game officials.
If it is possible for you to contribute more than the minimum of $25.00, it will enable the Mighty Mites to sponsor a player who cannot afford to pay for his equipment. We make this appeal for additional contributions because we feel that no player should be prevented from participating in the program because of lack of financial resources. We are sure you agree!
Mouth guard, NOCSAE approved helmet and shoulder pads will be required for the player’s protection and if possible, regulation football pants. The approved mouth guards along with jerseys will be provided by Mighty Mites for distribution to each player at his practice field. Additional mouthpieces are available at an additional charge. Equipment should fit properly to insure adequate protection for each child. Parents should understand that if you rent equipment from Mighty Mites that it will be in proper condition and includes all necessary parts such as helmet jaw pads, forehead pad and liner pad. Parent should also understand that any defacing, altering, modifying, permanently marking or other action resulting in damage to Mighty Mites helmets or shoulder pads WILL result in charges to the parents to repair or replace any such equipment.
Soft-soled sneakers/basketball shoes and molded rubber cleated shoes are allowed to be worn by participants in the Mighty Mites program. Shoes with hard plastic, detachable, or metal cleats are not allowed to be worn. Cleats must not be able to puncture or cut skin. Players who violate this policy will be excused from the program for the season, with no refund of fees paid. See our legal cleats page for further information.
The Mighty Mites program has an equipment rental program whereby equipment (shoulder pads & helmets) is available for rent for one season at a cost of $30.00. The rental program is ideal for any participants who are indecisive about wanting to play the game of football, for they can play without investing a lot of money in new equipment. In addition some families with several players prefer to rent part of the equipment rather than buying several sets. If participants own regulation shoulder pads and/or a helmet that does not fit correctly, they can donate them to our program and in return they can use our correctly fitted shoulder pads and/or helmet for one season at no charge.
All rental equipment owned by Mighty Mites Inc. is to be used at Mighty Mites sanctioned games and practices only.
You will be furnished, along with your registration form, a health examination form to be completed by a physician and by the parent or guardian. Physical examination, as stated in the instructions on said form, is mandatory before any participant will be permitted to play in a game. A parent/guardian will be asked to certify that their child is physically fit to play Mighty Mites football. The parent/ guardian is required to certify the child has no illness, disease, condition or injury that places the child at medical risk to play Mighty Mites full contact youth football.
The parent should fill out the health examination form, and your physician should complete their portion of the health form. Physical exams by physicians must be performed after January 1, 2016. Players should return the completed signed health form to their field supervisor on or before Thursday, September 8, 2016. All players will be weighed at registration to establish each player’s accurate weight.
See our coaches page for information for coaches.
Yes. Football is a contact game and there is always the possibility of injury. There has never been any serious injury in the history of the program. It is important to remember these players are playing under supervision with players of their general age and size, and with proper equipment. Further steps taken toward prevention of athletic injuries are the required use of mouth guard, required physical examination and the review and approval of teams for which a player shall play by the field supervisors (thus eliminating the possibility of recruiting boys to a team). League standing of teams as to their win/loss record are not published nor do we permit any inter-league competition or championship play. Acknowledging that football is very competitive, it is our firm belief that by minimizing inter-team competition will also minimize athletic injuries. Mighty Mites, Inc. does not assume any risk of liability for participants or spectators in the program.
We encourage all parents and players who have received their registration materials and who know of boys in their neighborhood desiring to play, to advise them to come to one of our parks on the registration dates. In Springfield, the program will be conducted at Meador Park.
Practice sessions will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. You likely will not be called by your coach prior to the first practice session. Please be at your first practice on September 5 at 5:30 p.m. Each park will set their individual starting practice time after the first practice, practices will run for one hour and 15 minutes. The first two weeks of football season will be devoted to practice sessions only, no games. Beginning the third week the players will practice Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as set forth above and will then play games on Thursday nights. The schedule for the games will be posted online and will also be available to the coaches. The season shall be comprised of a continuous seven week period starting on September 5, 2017, as stated above, there being two weeks devoted to practice sessions and five weeks devoted to practices and to games. Individual fields will set their own practice times of 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Please note there is no guarantee of the number of games to be played due to unpredictable weather conditions and condition of playing fields. No more than two nights of games are allowed in any one week.
Mighty Mites Youth Football participants will be required to travel to play some or all their games. Mighty Mites practices are to be held at established times and locations only. No extra or additional practice sessions or meetings are allowed!
Please notify your field supervisor if your coach arranges extra practices or meetings.
The decision as to whether or not games and practices will be played shall be made by Mighty Mites. You should check our website, contact your coach or field supervisor in this regard. Do not call the Park Board in Springfield. Please check our website for cancellation information or call your coach.
Yes. See our picture information page for more details.
Any of the field supervisors, coaches or members of the Board of Directors of Mighty Mites, Inc. will be happy to explain the program to you in more detail and furnish any information required. You may obtain this information by writing to Mighty Mites, Inc., P.O. Box 1926, Springfield, Mo. 65801-1926, visiting our web site, or by calling 833-6007. During the season you may contact any of the above. Do not call the Park Board in Springfield.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in any Mighty Mites Parks, except for trained medical or sight assisted dogs.
No, at this time, Mighty Mites does not offer a cheer program. If you're interested in starting one within Mighty Mites, please contact us.
Mighty Mites, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. Any excees of revenues over expenditures are reinvested back into the program or held in reserve to support the program in future years.